Bill of Materials

Make your BOM Worth a Thousand Words in SOLIDWORKS 2019

SOLIDWORKS 2019 increases the clarity and usability of exported BOMs by enabling the inclusion of component thumbnails

Creating a bill of materials to document the different components in an assembly is a near universal task. For caution of the word all, let’s stick with saying that most designers will need to perform this potentially time-consuming activity during their careers. Therefore, it is no surprise that designers everywhere rejoice when they discover SOLIDWORKS…

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SOLIDWORKS Indented BOM with Single Body Sheet Metal Part

When you create a SOLIDWORKS Indented BOM from an assembly that contains sheet metal or weldment parts it will add further indented rows with the cutlist information.  You have the option to show the ‘Detailed cut list’ in the Indented BOM.  For weldment files, deselecting the ‘Detailed cut list’ option will show the total length…

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SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials – Link vs Break cells

The SOLIDWORKS BOM typically includes columns linked to Custom Properties in the models.  Therefore changes to the Custom Properties in the model will update the drawing BOM.  Each cell is linked to the property of that component.  However if you double-click on a cell in the BOM, you have an option to Keep Link or…

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How to combine multiple Custom Properties in a SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials

When going through the process of creating an assembly drawing, it is beneficial in most cases to make use of Custom Properties listed in individual Bill of Materials (BOM) columns. These could be a Part Description, Part Number, Manufacturer, etc. Sometimes, it may be beneficial to combine multiple part Custom Properties into one column in…

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How to sort SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Components in your BOM table [VIDEO]

Sort SOLIDWORKS Toolbox BOM

Have you ever wondered how you can sort your SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials in a way that all of your SOLIDWORKS toolbox components are listed at the foot of the BOM table? That was the problem that one of our customers was facing. If you look at the sorting options that are available for a BOM table,…

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Making the Case for Resilient PLM [WHITE PAPER]

It was only a decade or so ago that sensors and embedded software were mere supporting characters in product development, mostly associated with highly engineered products like aircraft and automobiles. Today, these technologies take center stage in products of all types, raising the bar for product lifecycle management (PLM) platforms and calling into question whether…

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PLM – It’s All About the Product!

Aras PLM in use

CIMdata recently released an article titled, “PLM for All: Unleashing Product Data to the Enterprise.” It talks about the actual use and perception of PLM in industry and makes solid points about what is needed to realize the value potential of PLM. Here is a shocker: PLM is NOT Engineering Here is another: PDM is…

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Do you design with TSLOTS? Download a FREE TSLOTS SOLIDWORKS Add-in

TSLOT Model

Many SOLIDWORKS users work with TSLOTS for their machine, robot cages and or frame designs. TSLOTS are basically Aluminum Extrusions that come in various sizes and standards (Metric, Fractional, B-Series). You can represent them inside of SOLIDWORKS by creating profiles to use in a weldment environment OR I recently found out that you can download a library…

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